Scarborough Primary School Newsletter - The Link

Issue 2 – 21 February 2020

Upcoming Events and Reminders

  • 24 February: School banking 8.35am outside Room 2
  • 26 February: Board meeting 6.00pm
  • 28 February: Canteen open
  • 2 March: Labour Day public holiday
  • 6 March: Canteen open

Principal's Message

There’s been lots happening around our school in the past few weeks. Thank you to all the parents who came along to our class information sessions on Wednesday night. It was great to once again see such high attendance levels to this event. A big thank you also to our wonderful staff; those who put such thought and effort into their presentations, those who stayed to support and especially those who came in on their days off to be part of the information sessions.

From a sporting perspective, last week we began the always popular surfing lessons on Friday morning. We also have a new initiative, Little Athletics sessions, starting today after school. These sessions will run for a 4-week period on Friday afternoons. Two Little Athletics coaches will be organising and running the sessions along with our Physical Education specialist, Mr Aaron Bacci. Mr Bacci has also organised and will run some touch rugby sessions later in the year. All of these initiatives have been partially or completely subsidised by a Sporting Schools grant that was successfully applied for by Mr Bacci and Mr Dorozenko at the end of last year. I would like to thank them both for their efforts in this space.

You will have noticed that Monday fitness has now moved to Tuesday mornings. Starting next week, we hope to reinvigorate this session by setting a community goal: Can we ‘run to Tokyo’ before the Olympics start in July? We will be counting the laps completed during these Tuesday morning sessions and putting them into the distance required to get to Tokyo, 7918kms. You will be able to monitor our progress on the display that will be put up in the undercover area over the next week or so.

As always, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone, email ( or in person.

Basketball Court Update

As you will be aware, the work on the basketball court is still in progress. The newly laid asphalt requires 3-4 weeks to settle properly. After that time period a green acrylic coating will be applied to the surface and then once that has set, lines will be marked. We are well on track to have the work complete in time to use the new court for our winter sports next term! 

Attendance Focus – Holidays during school time.

Developing the habit of going to school every day is vitally important so your child does not miss out on important ideas and skills they need for current and future learning. That is why we strongly encourage you not to go on family holidays during school time.

While it can be tempting to take advantage of discount offers for accommodation and flights, we strongly encourage you to organise holidays during school holiday periods to make sure your child doesn’t miss out on school.

We do understand that at times, particularly for the large proportion of our community with family overseas, in-term travel may be hard to avoid. If this is the case please contact me via email, to let me know about your travel plans. I will then be able to tell you what learning your child would be missing out on as well as what their general attendance levels are for your consideration.

Schools can record absences due to holidays using the ‘K – unauthorised holiday’ or ‘V – authorised holiday’ lesson attendance codes. The principal has the authority to determine which code is most applicable for each circumstance. As a general rule at Scarborough PS, if you have emailed me about your plans AND your child’s attendance is generally above the acceptable level of 90%, we will mark your absence as a V. If not, it will be marked as a K.

Please note, there is no requirement within the School Education Act 1999 or School Education Regulations 2000 for teachers to provide a work package.

From the Deputy's Desk

Skateboards, scooters and bikes

We welcome students efforts to have an active start to their day by riding their skateboards, scooters and bikes to school but once they arrive at school, the students need to put their equipment in the bike racks or park them with their bags until the end of the school day. Before school, recess and lunch times are not the times to be using those items.


This is an excerpt from the schools dress code, which is on our website; "Long hair must be tied back for health and safety reasons."

This statement applies to both girls and boys. All students who have hair that is shoulder length or longer, need to tie their hair up using a simple hair tie. This is a health and safety issue and we thank parents for their assistance with ensuring their children come to school dressed in the appropriate manner. 


This Monday 24 February, our Year 6 students are attending a Leadership Conference at HBF Stadium. This conference has been happening for a few years now and provides our students with an opportunity to explore what leadership looks like and how they can harness attributes they already possess and turn them into leadership qualities that can shine through in our school context. 

This conference is also timely as it will help our Year 6s execute their role in their chosen committee or leadership group with the school. All of our Year 6 students and some of our Year 5s have been selected to participate in groups that lead the school in a particular area of need. Below are the groups and their members:

House CaptainsSustainability Council
CaitlinZoe F
Well-being Council                Sports Captains
Zoe CShanika

These students will do a fantastic job in their selected areas. 

School Banking

Our School Banking day is changing to MONDAYs from 8:35am to 8:50am in the corridor outside Room 2.

Bring along your Commonwealth Banking Book and your deposit to earn tokens for School Banking Rewards.  This year, the rewards are for the better and we have eco-friendly and reusable rewards, plus rewards that encourage creativity, indoor and outdoor play.

If you are new to school banking or would like to know more, come along and have a chat with Jackie or Jo.

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is open every Wednesday morning at 8.45am - 9.15am in the library or by appointment. Contact

Colour Blindness

Colour blindness means that a person cannot distinguish some colours or see the colours differently to other people. Very few people who are colour blind are ‘blind’ to all colours. Commonly, the colours seen differently are greens, yellows, oranges and reds. An information leaflet on colour blindness is available on our website.  Please take the time to read the pamphlet. For more information,  see the Colour Blind Awareness and Support Group on If you have any concerns, colour vision testing can be performed by some general practitioners, eye specialists or optometrists.

Community News

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Scarborough Primary School

Address: 60 Hinderwell Street, Scarborough WA 

Phone: 08) 9222 9200   


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